Tag Archive

book production issues

Hot off the Presses

The canon debates of the 1980s rested upon some crucial, largely unarticulated assumptions about the value of certain kinds of texts – assumptions so interwoven into the fabric of intellectual and cultural life at the time as to be practically invisible to those who designed, criticized, and/or defended Stanford’s Western Culture reading list. In this post, rather than exploring some of the substantive arguments of that debate, I want to look at one of those unstated assumptions about substance itself: the assumption that the proper material medium for any work worth studying was the printed word — more specifically, the Read more